Steelers LB James Harrison won’t take a Pay Cut to remain in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a bit of salary cap trouble heading into the offseason, and they need to dig into some current contracts to help them out.
Whether they restructure deals or flat out cut a player, they need to figure something out.
Usually, players are more than happy to re-work a deal in order to remain on the team. Usually, re-working deals results in a pay cut for said player, and LB James Harrison’s agent Bill Parise says the stud ‘backer isn’t willing to make that sacrifice.
“Can we help the Steelers by restructuring James’ contract? We’re certainly willing to do that,” Parise said via TribLive Sports. “Do we need to take less money? I don’t think so. Personally, I think he’s a bargain.”
Harrison, who turns 35 and isn’t getting any younger, is set to make $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.57 million in ’14. Big numbers for an aging pass-rusher with multiple surgeries over multiple years to his knee and back. With that said, claiming Harrison isn’t still a great asset would be false.
There’s always the possibility of being released, and Parise acknowledged that, saying that the door would be wide open with interest.
“Could it happen? It certainly could. The NFL can cut any player at any time,” Parise said. “Having said that, if James Harrison was released, there would be 31 NFL teams interested in him.
We’ll see how this ends up, but history shows us that the Steelers are no joke when it comes to business decisions. They won’t let a player push them around for money and they’ve let better guys walk for free.
It’s a rarity that the Steelers are even in money trouble, but they’ll get it figured out – with or without Harrison.
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